The Economics of Behavioral Health Services in Medical Settings: A Summary of the Evidence

Alexander Blount, Michael Schoenbaum, Roger Kathol, Bruce L. Rollman, Marshall Thomas, William O'Donohue, C. J. Peek

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Abstract

The health care system in the United States, plagued by spiraling costs, unequal access, and uneven quality, can find its best chance of improving the health of the population through the improvement of behavioral health services. It is in this area that the largest potential payoff in reduction of morbidity and mortality and increased cost-effectiveness of care can be found. A review of the evidence shows that many forms of behavioral health services, particularly when delivered as part of primary medical care, can be central to such an improvement. The evidence supports many but not all behavioral health services when delivered in settings in which people will accept these services under particular administrative and fiscal structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-297
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • behavioral health
  • cost offset
  • economics
  • medical settings
  • psychology

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